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Let's Check the Markets!  




Today's First Look:  


Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101  

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.



We have a new market feature on a daily basis- each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.




Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $5.06 per bushel- based on delivery to the Hillsdale elevator Friday. The full listing of cash canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked above.


Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.


Feeder Cattle Recap:  

The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.


Slaughter Cattle Recap: 

The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.


TCFA Feedlot Recap:  

Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.


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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, August 31, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
PruittOklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Angry Over Narrow Application of Injunction Against WOTUS by DOJ

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is not happy with the decision made by the Department of Justice to say that the Preliminary Injunction granted on Thursday afternoon in a Federal District Court in North Dakota only applies to the thirteen states that were plaintiffs in that lawsuit- and that the rest of the United States- thirty seven states- are subject to the EPA's Clean Water Rule becoming effectively the law of the land, as of Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked federal judge Ralph Erickson, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress.

Judge Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt "inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process," and issued an injunction preventing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from claiming oversight of millions of acres of land that contain small bodies of water.

The EPA, though, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the country.

I talked with Pruitt on Friday morning about the ruling by Judge Erickson, the attitude of the Obama Administration and what lies ahead in fighting implementation of the Clean Water Rule, which Pruitt contends goes far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act as passed in the 1970s.  Click or tap here to listen to the full interview.

Later on Friday- Pruitt's office issued a statement on the selective enforcement of the Injunction- they quoted the AG as saying that is simply "Nonsense."

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AgGroupsWOTUSAg Groups Support North Dakota Court Decision, But Fight Not Over

The nation's commodity organizations are applauding the actions of a decision by District Court Judge to postpone the implementation of the 'Waters of the US' rule in 13 states. However- they all believe the Obama Administration is out of line in limiting the injunctive relief to just those states involved in that specific litigation.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Philip Ellis says "EPA's rule is nothing more than an attempt to put more land and water under federal jurisdiction, blatantly disregarding private property rights. Over the last year and a half, the agency continually ignored the concerns of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, farmers, ranchers and landowners across the country, to the point of calling the concerns of cattle producers ludicrous. In fact, only six months after receiving over one-million comments the agency pushed forward to finalize the rule, a clear indication there was no intention of considering public comment or stakeholder input."  Click here to read more from NCBA.

National Association of Wheat Growers President Brett Blankenship released a statement saying, "NAWG is encouraged by the action taken in the North Dakota district court to approve a temporary injunction against the Waters of the U.S. regulation. This decision provides breathing room for grower concerns to be discussed in the courts without enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency's draconian new rule hanging over the heads of our nation's family farmers."  Click here to read more.

Bob Stallman of American Farm Bureau also weighed in on the decision by Federal District Judge Ralph Erickson. Stallman applauded the ruling saying "He found strong evidence that the EPA was arbitrary and capricious in its rulemaking. He saw no connection between key provisions of the rule and science that was presented to support it. Based on evidence presented so far, he ordered that the rule be stopped while the litigation continues to a conclusion."  Stallman added Farm Bureau is upset with the DOJ and EPA ignoring the national intent of the ruling and claiming the ability to enforce the rule in 37 states- read the complete Farm Bureau statement by clicking here. 

Global Economic Trouble Hit Farm Markets

If you don't believe the global factors affecting the U.S. cattle market are numerous and complicated, you probably haven't heard Dan Basse, president of Ag Resource Company, give an
economic outlook.  The seasoned market analyst spoke at the Feeding Quality Forum earlier this month.

 By 2040, Japan's population will drop by 25.3 million people. Today, the Black Sea region exports 34% of the world's wheat. Brazil's currency, the real, has been weak for several years versus the U.S. dollar.

Those realities shape Basse's predictions of fed cattle prices soon topping out near $160/hundredweight (cwt.) before softening to $120/cwt. or lower and, with normal weather, $3/bushel (bu.) corn prices all the way to 2019.

"There is no shortage of grain in the world, so U.S. users don't have much to worry about," Basse said, agreeing with USDA's average yield prediction of 168 bu./acre.

U.S. grain producers, however, need to concentrate on making margin.  Click here to read more analysis from Dan Basse.

VilsackAg Secretary Tom Vilsack Says U.S. Agricultural Export Outlook Remains Near Record Levels

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday made the following statement on the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's fourth quarter Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade.

"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.

"Today's forecast provides a snapshot of a rural America that continues to remain stable in the face of the worst animal disease outbreak in our nation's history and while the western U.S. remains gripped by drought. Thanks to the resilience of our farmers and ranchers, fiscal years 2009 to 2015 represent the strongest seven years in history for U.S. agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling more than $911 billion.

"We expect that new trade agreements, made possible thanks to Trade Promotion Authority, will allow American farmers and ranchers to better reach the 95 percent of consumers who live outside of our borders and drive the continued strength of American agricultural exports. USDA will continue to fight to get the best trade deals for farmers and ranchers that open new markets and new customers to them. Expanded trade strengthens the agricultural economy, supports more than one million good paying American jobs, and helps to preserve the rural way of life."

Click here for Quarterly Agricultural Export Forecast

CoffeyOklahoma's Chuck Coffey Shares His Love for Beef with Japanese Consumers 

Oklahoma and Texas ranchers had an opportunity to build relationships with consumers this summer in the number one export market for U.S. beef- Japan. Oklahoma cattle producer Chuck Coffey traveled to Japan with other ranchers and a corn farmer from Missouri in a trip coordinated by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

"We were going over there to be able to put a face with the product that we produce and export to their country," Coffey said.

While in Japan, Coffey and the other American ranchers meet with packers, retailers, grocery store owners, as well as Japanese consumers. Coffey said they taught consumers how to barbecue and cook a steak. Typically the Japanese cook beef like Koreans, in cooking thinner cuts of beef. This group of ranchers were showing consumers how to cook a thicker cut of steak, much like the cuts that we often will grill in our backyards.

We talked with Chuck about the importance of this type of interaction with major international buyers of US beef- and you can click here to both see our video conversation that was featured on In the Field this past Saturday morning on News9 in Oklahoma City as well as to have a chance to hear our audio version of our conversation about the trip and other promotional efforts that Coffey has been involved with as a member of the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

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OCARangeRoundupBuford Ranch and Hall-Daube Share Champion Team Honors at 2015 OCA Range Roundup

With record ticket sales, the 31st annual Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Range Roundup came to an end Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. After the two evening sessions, a pair of ranch teams tied in the overall standings in the quest to be the Champion Range Roundup Team. Buford Ranch of Hominy, Oklahoma had a strong Saturday night performance and tied the team that was made up of cowboys from Hall Ranch of Comanche and Daube Cattle Company of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The twelve ranch teams competing in the Range Roundup were involved in six events- Saddle Bronc Riding, Stray Gathering, Team Branding, Team Penning, the Wild Horse Race and Wild Cow Milking- all events that are rooted back into practices that are a part of western ranch life.

The OCA Range Round-Up set out on a mission back in 1985 to provide family entertainment, promote beef and raise money for charity. For the 19th year, the OCA Range Round-Up is benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation. OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey said to date the Range Round-Up has contributed more than $404,000.00 to the charity.

Click here to read more about the two Champion teams at this year's event.



WilliamsFrom the World of Social Media- Senator Lankford Panhandling and A Midnight Salutation from Martin Williams
The August Work Period continues- and Senator James Lankford has a busy three days this week as he will be involved in 14 Town Hall type meetings starting at 7:00 AM THIS MORNING in Boise City- in our western most County Seat in the state in the Oklahoma Panhandle.  

On Facebook, I saw that Senator Lankford and family got a little sightseeing out in the most northwestern corner of the state yesterday- including checking out autograph rock, the marker in the far corner of the state where Oklahoma meets Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico and Kenton. He was hosted by Oklahoma State Representative Casey Murdock
 who calls Cimarron County home.

Senator Lankford will host six Town Halls today- starting in Boise CIty this AM and ending in Woodward this evening.  More meetings are planned tomorrow and Friday.

Click here for a complete schedule of the road trip planned by our junior Senator.


I wanted to leave you this morning with a great post from a young farmer in north central Oklahoma- who was still awake in the wee hours of this final day of August- Marty and his wife Crystal Williams farm in the Red Rock area and Martin offered these comments shortly after 12 AM on Facebook:

"It's just past midnight and I just sang the kids to sleep. Yes my kids just went to sleep. No they won't be up at 7 am. It's ok. We are farmers. It's harvest time. If my kids didn't stay up late they wouldn't see me until the next big rain. I leave early and the amount of work that needs to get done or the fog in my eyes determines when I stop, not the clock. I'm not unique in this, we all do this at certain times throughout the year. So when I get defensive towards my non-GMO or "all natural " friends, please understand that we put our heart and soul and sacrifice countless hours of leisure and family time so the U.S. Consumer has a safe, consistent, reliable and cheap food supply. Goodnight and God bless you all."

Marty, God Bless you and your family too!

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